Friendly persuasion…

I bet everyone agrees that when an SYT (sweet young thing) keeps persuading you, it is very difficult to say no. That was how I ended up at this new place in town – Uncle Dom Cafe…

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…which is something like those Old Town Coffee outlets…

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Sophia was in town and we stopped by the place for lunch…but it was almost 1 something when we got there, so there weren’t that many people around. I had this plate of char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles)…

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…with a raw egg on top. I can’t for the life of me remember the name now but I was told that it was very popular among diners at the place and even though I was a bit apprehensive about that raw egg, I ordered it anyway. It turned out to be a good choice as it was really very good – much better than any char kway teow I have had anywhere else in the town.

Sophia had the fried mee sua (Foochow longevity noodles)…

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…but she did not say anything about it nor did she complain, so I guess it was just all right, nothing to shout about. Her friend, also from Kuching, had the chao chai hung ngang – some kind of thick mihun cooked with preserved vegetables and fish…

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They used tapah which is very good fish and definitely more expensive. However, she was not too impressed by it as it was not sour enough to her liking.

All in all, I would say that the place with its nice decor, prompt and friendly service and all…is very nice, appropriate for some special celebration or if you have visitors in town but considering that the kway teow and the mee sua cost RM7.90 each and the hung ngang was RM11.90, I would think twice about going there regularly. The Ipoh kopi-o-peng (iced back coffee) that I had was very thick and nice though, no complaint about that.

The boss, a handsome and friendly young man, was very nice and treated us to this special cake made by his wife…

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I think it is called Victoria something (Not Beckham, excuse me! LOL!!!). Good grief! I’m really hopeless at remembering names these days, it seems. Anyway, the cake was very light, not sweet…probably one of those they make without egg yolk or butter, ideal for those who are very figure conscious, not me! I like my cakes rich and creamy…and sinfully fattening  Yum! Yum! LOL!!!

Incidentally, I wonder how many people still remember the “Long Chiew Apek” – an old rubber tapper in the DOM Benedictine advertisement that they used to show in the cinemas prior to the screening of the movie proper during those days when I was a kid, and how he used to draw laughter from the audience everytime he shrugged after drinking a glass of the liquor. People used to give a bottle of that to mothers in confinement, either that or a bottle of Wincarnis.

Well, I have always wondered what DOM stands for. Perhaps it is just the name or something but anyway, I’ve googled “Uncle Dom” and found that it is actually the name of some chain of Italian restaurants. Phew! What a relief! For a while, I thought it might mean Dirty Old Man! ROTFLMAO!!!